Wisconsin Telehealth Services in Response to COVID-19

March 18, 2020 11:15 AM | Sally Winkelman (Administrator)

AJ Wilson, Greg Hubbard, Ramie Zelenkova
Hubbard Wilson Zelenkova, Lobbyinig & Legislative Services Firm for WACEP

WPA in partnership with its lobbying firm, Hubbard Wilson Zelenkova, has been tracking Wisconsin DHS efforts to expand Telehealth services in response to COVID 19.   In line with efforts at the federal level, Wisconsin DHS is currently reviewing what can be done under existing policies and authority and what flexibilities could be put in place moving forward, particularly as more federal guidance is provided.  As of this post:

  • For currently covered telehealth services, DHS will expand 'originating site’ to allow services to be provided regardless of the member location. 
  • DHS will not make changes to originating site fee policy at this time. 
  • DHS will allow coverage of e-visits, certain phone visits, and certain Medicare-allowable telehealth services. While there is variation in electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) capabilities and use, the majority of Wisconsin Medicaid hospitals, providers, and pharmacies have the technology to support e-prescribing.  

DHS will provide policy details and guidance in a forthcoming ForwardHealth provider updates.  For your reference, view existing Telehealth guidelines in Wisconsin.